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With just over a week to go before the elections, the average daily death toll across the country is 10% higher than the previous two weeks. There are already more than 225,000 fatalities.

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus it is increasing again in the United States, as health experts feared, and infections are on the rise in virtually every state, despite statements by President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we are turning around, doing very well.”

With just over a week to go before the elections, the average daily death toll across the country is 10% higher than the previous two weeks, going from 721 to almost 794 by Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Infections are on the rise in 47 states and deaths are on the rise in 34.

Experts had warned that It was only a matter of time so that the total of deaths began to rise, given the pronounced increase in cases throughout the country. Deaths are a late indicator of the severity of the crisis, since a few weeks elapse between infection and death.

Michael Osterholm, a disease and infection expert at the University of Minnesota who warned in the summer of a rebound towards the end of the year, said what is currently happening is a combination of three factors: “pandemic fatigue” among people who are fed up with confinement and leave home more; “pandemic anger” among those who do not believe that the scourge is a real threat; and cold temperatures, forcing more Americans to shelter indoors, where the virus can spread more easily.

“When those three things are combined, it should come as no surprise what we are seeing ”Osterholm declared.

In total, the United States has had more than 8.6 million infections confirmed coronavirus deaths and more than 225,000 deaths, the highest figures in the world.

The death toll remains below its record of 2,200 per day reached in April. Still, experts fear a difficult winter is coming, and a widely cited model from the University of Washington projects that the country will reach 386,000 deaths before February 1. It is unlikely that there will be a vaccine available to the general population before mid-2021.

Average daily new cases in the last seven days hit a record Sunday with 68,767, according to Johns Hopkins University, compared to the previous record of 67,293 in mid-July. More than 80,000 infections were recorded in the United States on both Friday and Saturday, something never seen before, although the number of tests has also increased markedly during the course of the pandemic, so the comparisons may not be totally analogous.

The actual number of cases is believed to be much higher since many people have not undergone diagnostic tests and, according to some studies, there are people who could have the virus without feeling symptoms.

In Wall Street, the stock price had its worst day in more than a month, amid the rebound in cases and growing doubts that Washington will pump more aid into the economy before the election. The S&P 500 lost 1.9% on Monday, while the Dow Jones industrial average fell 2.3%.

In the border city of El Paso, Texas, authorities instructed people to stay home for two weeks and They implemented a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. because the spike in infections has exceeded the capacity of hospitals. The state adapted part of the civic center of the city to operate as a hospital.

People who violate the curfew are subject to fines of $ 500, although the measure does not apply to people who go to or return from work or leave home for essential reasons, such as buying food or receiving medical attention.

Source: AP

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